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Witcher, Metro authors have wildly different opinions of games based on their novels

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Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski says he’s made CD Projekt RED’s games popular because of his novels, leading Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky to call the claim “totally wrong”.

Both authors spoke to Waypoint about the games based on their novels.

“The belief, widely spread by [CD Projekt RED], that the games made me popular outside of Poland is completely false,” Sapkowski said of his Witcher series. “I made the games popular. All of my translations in the West – including the English one – were published before the first game.”

This claim is incorrect — CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher was released in October 2006; the first western translation of Sapkowski’s The Last Wish followed in 2007.

Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky has fired back, saying Sapkowski is “totally wrong” and an “arrogant motherfucker”.

Glukhovsky says his western-based fame is wholly credited to 4A Games’ Metro series of games.

“I’m already part of the generation that has not judged video games as poor entertainment,” Glukhovsky said. “It can easily be a piece of art, depending on who’s creating it, what his talent is. It can be utter trash and it can also be a piece of art.”

What do you think of both authors’ comments?